Santa Ana College Nursing Program Review

Santa Ana College has been a fixture in Orange County for over 90 years, and is the fourth oldest community college in California. Recognized as a top college in the nation for awarding associate degrees to minority students, Santa Ana is a leader in innovative education. The college offers full semester, mini-semester (8 weeks), weekend, and online courses. More than 30,000 students each semester enroll in over 300 subjects offered.

Nursing Programs

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

Option I – Generic Registered Nurse (RN)

The ADN program at Santa Ana College gives students the knowledge and practice needed to successfully pass the licensing exam and become a successful RN. This two year program will also prepare students to continue their education by transferring to a four year college and pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

The prerequisites for this program are to complete Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and English with a GPA of 2.5 or better in these courses. The courses must have been completed within five years of applying to the program.

Students may transfer credit from nursing courses or general education classes they have taken at other accredited schools. To do so, they must have earned a C or better in the general education courses and an average of 2.5 or better in the nursing classes.

Those that have prior experience in nursing may also earn credit through challenging a nursing course. Students may go to the Admissions Office to get a “Credit by Examination” form. A student must be currently enrolled in the course they wish to test out of, and must make an appointment for the exam within the first two weeks of the semester. If the student does not pass the challenge exam, they will not be allowed to retake it.

The ADN program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). It is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).

Option II – Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to RN

The LVN to RN program is a one year program. LVNs may apply to the program by meeting the same prerequisites as for the generic ADN program. They must also complete the Role Transition course. LVNs will meet with the Program Director to determine where they will be placed in the program, which will generally be in the third semester of the program with 18 units of credit awarded.

Option III – LVN 30 Unit Option

To apply for the one year 30 Unit Option, students must be a current California Licensed LVN, and complete the Role Transition course.

RN Refresher Course

The Health Sciences Skills Lab at Santa Ana College offers an independent study RN Refresher Course. The Lab has over 300 instructional DVDs and videos, simulation manikins, and a 32 station computer lab. To participate in the lab, students must be licensed RNs in the United States, though their license need not be active. They also must apply to be a Santa Ana student. After being accepted to the college, they need to attend a one hour lab orientation and tour, and complete a practice session in psychomotor skills.

Students may register for the refresher course when they complete the orientation.

Other Health Services Programs

Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant Program is designed to ready students to work in a health facility or medical office, and will earn the student an Associate Degree and Certificate. Graduates will work under the direct supervision of a medical doctor.


Santa Ana College

1530 West 17th St

Santa Ana, CA 92706

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